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by Wayfarer
Sun Aug 20, 2017 10:57 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: A Japanese monk in Tibet
Replies: 14
Views: 345

Re: A Japanese monk in Tibet

I would love to see how the book was received The book Dzogchungpa refers to was only published in April 2017, and I imagine it has only a small audience, as it's a very academic topic. Nevertheless I think Father Ippolito deserves respect for getting to Lhasa in the17th Century and for learning Ti...
by Wayfarer
Sun Aug 20, 2017 10:28 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Individuality, Nonduality, Anatta, Nirvana
Replies: 91
Views: 1184

Re: Individuality, Nonduality, Anatta, Nirvana

Traleg Kyabgon Rinpoche put it like this: In Buddhism, we distinguish between spiritual experiences and spiritual realizations. Spiritual experiences are usually more vivid and intense than realizations because they are generally accompanied by physiological and psychological changes. Realizations, ...
by Wayfarer
Sun Aug 20, 2017 11:24 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Individuality, Nonduality, Anatta, Nirvana
Replies: 91
Views: 1184

Re: Individuality, Nonduality, Anatta, Nirvana

I found the above terms looking for an explanation of the difference between 'emptiness' and 'non-existence'. Because there's a distinction, and this distinction is very easily lost. 'abhava' means, basically, 'non-existent', unreal, fictional, something that simply doesn't exist - the proverbial ra...
by Wayfarer
Sun Aug 20, 2017 6:04 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Individuality, Nonduality, Anatta, Nirvana
Replies: 91
Views: 1184

Re: Individuality, Nonduality, Anatta, Nirvana

What is the difference in meaning between abhava and nisvabhava?
by Wayfarer
Sun Aug 20, 2017 2:48 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: A Japanese monk in Tibet
Replies: 14
Views: 345

Re: A Japanese monk in Tibet

actually there's a reasonably current edition of Kawaguchi's book on Amazon . This Amazon reader review provides an insight: Three Years in Tibet is an important and inadvertently hilarious book. Kawaguchi was a Japanese Buddhist scholar; his fastidious and serious disposition is immediately apparen...
by Wayfarer
Sun Aug 20, 2017 2:39 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: A Japanese monk in Tibet
Replies: 14
Views: 345

Re: A Japanese monk in Tibet

That's a shame. So much for the tolerance I referred to in my post, eh? Do you recall which Hopkirk book, he's written a few on the area.//edit//actually, now I read that Wikipedia article again, the Hopkirk account is mentioned.//
by Wayfarer
Sun Aug 20, 2017 2:00 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: A Japanese monk in Tibet
Replies: 14
Views: 345

Re: A Japanese monk in Tibet

Very interesting account, thank you. I should like to know more about this figure. It reminds me of the story of Fr Ippolito Desideri, who was a lot earlier, but the first Christian missionary - a Jesuit - to reach Lhasa. The Wikipedia account is here . What is common in both accounts is the toleran...
by Wayfarer
Fri Aug 18, 2017 10:52 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Individuality, Nonduality, Anatta, Nirvana
Replies: 91
Views: 1184

Re: Individuality, Nonduality, Anatta, Nirvana

There are no agents. There are only actions. This is covered in the refutation of moving movers in chapter two of the MMK. The 'two truths' are that on the conventional level, there are agents even if ultimately there are no agents. You know, 'first there is a mountain'. Otherwise, there would be n...
by Wayfarer
Thu Aug 17, 2017 12:28 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Does matter exist without consciousness?
Replies: 13
Views: 647

Re: Does matter exist without consciousness?

This whole conundrum arises because of early modern science. It goes back to Descartes dividing the world into mind and matter. Galileo said that what was real, was what could be measured mathematically - 'the book of nature is written in mathematics'. And what could be measured mathematically were ...
by Wayfarer
Thu Aug 17, 2017 12:20 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Does matter exist without consciousness?
Replies: 13
Views: 647

Re: Does matter exist without consciousness?

In order to answer the question, we would have to observe matter without consciousness. And who can do that? :shrug:
by Wayfarer
Wed Aug 16, 2017 9:53 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Definition of human in Buddhism
Replies: 18
Views: 259

Re: Definition of human in Buddhism

I think the Western cultural view arising from evolutionary theory that humans are the same as animals, is a false view. This is not because there's anything wrong with evolutionary biology - there isn't - but because it's occupied the space vacated by religion in the popular culture. So where once ...
by Wayfarer
Wed Aug 16, 2017 12:00 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Individuality, Nonduality, Anatta, Nirvana
Replies: 91
Views: 1184

Re: Individuality, Nonduality, Anatta, Nirvana

When we are standing in the rain, what we experience is beyond doubt. The cool, wet sensations cannot be denied. Imagine you've parked your car and gone to a shop a few hundred meters away. You finish shopping and then head back towards your car, when suddenly there's a cloudburst and it starts pel...
by Wayfarer
Wed Aug 16, 2017 11:34 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Is Maya/Mara becoming stronger?
Replies: 26
Views: 565

Re: Is Maya/Mara becoming stronger?

'The sage does not contend. Therefore the sage cannot be contended with' ~ Tao Te Ching
by Wayfarer
Wed Aug 16, 2017 1:09 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Individuality, Nonduality, Anatta, Nirvana
Replies: 91
Views: 1184

Re: Individuality, Nonduality, Anatta, Nirvana

The confusion, it seems to me, arises with the attempt to directly "experience" emptiness, or alternatively anatta - these are more or less similar insights. 'Experience' always implies 'an experiencer'. So you can't 'experience emptiness' - if you have an experience of it, then it's not ...
by Wayfarer
Tue Aug 15, 2017 11:30 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Some might find this Wired article on mindfulness interesting
Replies: 3
Views: 124

Re: Some might find this Wired article on mindfulness interesting

One minute founding beatnik Jack Kerouac was spouting arcane Buddhist truths that meditation is said to reveal..


Just skimmed the article but really liked it. First person, written by someone really engaged with the subject. :twothumbsup:
by Wayfarer
Sat Aug 12, 2017 11:49 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Individuality, Nonduality, Anatta, Nirvana
Replies: 91
Views: 1184

Re: Individuality, Nonduality, Anatta, Nirvana

There is not 'no-one to whom karma accrues' until there really is 'no-one to whom karma accrues'. Put another way, there will always be experiences as long as there is someone to have experiences. Nirodha is cessation - nobody there to experience. Isn't that why meditative absorption is a state wher...
by Wayfarer
Thu Aug 10, 2017 11:46 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Is Maya/Mara becoming stronger?
Replies: 26
Views: 565

Re: Is Maya/Mara becoming stronger?

strive wrote:this is why i keep basic phone...


Wise choice, strive.

:namaste:
by Wayfarer
Wed Aug 09, 2017 11:14 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Is Maya/Mara becoming stronger?
Replies: 26
Views: 565

Re: Is Maya/Mara becoming stronger?

Very wise post, Dan74. Years ago, I gave a course on Introduction to Buddhism at an evening college. I remarked that it seemed to me there was a growing disconnect about the nature of reality, and I'm sure that's true. Technology is part of it, but dependence on devices is as much a symptom as a cau...
by Wayfarer
Fri Aug 04, 2017 10:03 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Satori at a Grateful Dead Show
Replies: 57
Views: 896

Re: Satori at a Grateful Dead Show

@Queequeg - this might be of interest if you haven't noticed it previously.
by Wayfarer
Thu Aug 03, 2017 10:02 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: How genetics is settling the Aryan migration debate
Replies: 40
Views: 1078

Re: How genetics is settling the Aryan migration debate

I encountered Max Meuller's 'linguistic archaeology' as an undergrad and found it fascinating. I don't know its standing in current academia but I thought it was very persuasive at the time.

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